Tommy W. Shafer, 86, was born August 31, 1926, to Ocie Ella Morgan and Thomas E. Shafer, in Florence, Texas, in Williamson County. He passed away March 2, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. Tommy had been a resident of Winnie since 1964. Tommy was a WWII Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific front on the U.S.S. Sangamon. Shortly after the end of the War, he began working in the Texas oilfield and continued in this profession for thirty-eight years. He was a drilling superintendent for Goldrus Drilling Company until his retirement. Tommy loved his work and the people he worked with; he had a wonderful work ethic. After his retirement, his passions for gardening, fishing, wood working, and going to garage sales, kept him very busy. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Winnie. Tommy leaves to cherish his memory his wife of sixty-four years, Patty Shafer of Winnie; children, Kay Shafer of Corpus Christi; Patsy Burnham and her husband, Bob, of Houston; Tommy B. Shafer and his wife, Laura; and Kristine Touchet and her husband, Reed, all of Winnie; his treasured grandchildren, the loves of his life and his best friends, Clinton Burnham and wife, Darby, of College Station; Holly McDaniel and her husband, Scotty, of Winnie; Rachel Touchet of Houston; Allison Burnham and her fiancé, Deane Fraser, of Houston; Dustin Touchet of Houston; Heather Shafer of Winnie; and Colby Touchet of College Station; and great-granddaughters, that were the sunshine of his day, Gracie Mae McDaniel and Kate Olivia McDaniel. A gathering of Mr. Shafer's family and friends will be from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Broussard's, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie. His funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Winnie, 120 West Pear Avenue, Winnie, with interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Winnie, 120 West Pear Avenue, Winnie, Texas 77665. Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 4, 2013